ElevationAscent: 4,355' 1,328 m
Descent: -6,075' -1,852 m
High: 8,229' 2,508 m
Low: 3,841' 1,171 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)
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“Mostly above treeline in sub-alpine meadows, alpine meadows, and on barren passes and ridges, awesome mountain views.”— Joan Pendleton
Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Camping along this trail is limited to the established trail camps. Permits and reservations are needed for the trail camps. They can be gotten online at the Parks Canada permit/reservation website: https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/
Please review the Parks Canada website and follow Leave No Trace principles.
Starting from its southern trailhead at Maligne Lake, Skyline Trail begins climbing gradually through the fir forest. A couple small lakes can be seen through the trees as they are passed. Evelyn Creek and Evelyn Creek trail camp are passed at the 3-mile mark. Continuing in the forest, Little Shovel trail camp is soon reached.
Little Shovel Trail Camp to Little Shovel Pass (Mile 4.7-6.5)
Leaving Little Shovel trail camp behind, the trees thin. The trail now runs through sub-alpine meadows dotted with firs, as it climbs to Little Shovel Pass. The mountain views in all directions are amazing from the pass.
Little Shovel Pass to Big Shovel Pass (Mile 6.5-11.1)
From Little Shovel Pass, the trail makes a short, steep descent to a creek and then follows it to Snowbowl trail camp at the 7.5 mile mark. After the trail camp, the trail continues through meadows dotted with firs, and expansive views in all directions. A creek is soon heard in the valley to the right/northeast, as the trail then climbs to barren Big Shovel Pass.
Big Shovel Pass to The Notch (Mile 11.1-14.2)
On barren scree now, with awesome views, the trail is flat to the Curator trail junction, and then as it passes Curator Lake. After Curator Lake is the steep, rocky climb to The Notch with its 360-degree mountain views far into the distance.
The Notch to Tekarra Trail Camp (Mile 14.2-19.8)
After The Notch, the views continue on a scree covered ridge walk for the next 3 miles. The trail then goes right to switchback down into alpine meadows and cross a creek at the 18-mile mark. Now in sub-alpine meadows with stands of firs, and great views of Mt. Tekarra, the trail follows the creek into Tekarra trail camp.
Tekarra Trail Camp to Signal Trail Camp Junction (Mile 19.8-23.6)
Just after leaving the trail camp, the creek is crossed again. The trail is then flat as it runs in meadows on Mt. Tekarra's and Signal Mountain's northeast slopes. Mountain and river valley views forever, to the northeast, are amazing throughout this traverse, as the 2 mountains rise above the trail to the left/southwest. Wildflowers also abound in these meadows.
Signal Trail Camp Junction to Signal Trailhead(Mile 23.6-29)
Here the trail becomes a fire road as it descends continually and gradually through the fir forest.
This is a segment of the GDT (Great Divide Trail).
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Land Manager: Parks Canada - Jasper National Park